American rider Mackenna Shea, 24, has made a great start to her first run at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and is in third place on a score of 46.1 on Landioso, a 15-year-old Dutch-bred gelding that she has produced since he was four. Shea has based herself this summer with British rider Rodney Powell, but their campaign started late due to Landioso suffering from shipping fever.
“‘I didn’t realise what a big step Burghley would be after Kentucky. Just walking the course takes so long!” –Burghley first-timer Mackenna Shea (USA), third after dressage
World number one Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam, now 17, take an early lead over British national champions Gemma Tattersall and the former racehorse Arctic Soul by 4.1 penalties at Burghley, the sixth and final leg of the 2016/2017 FEI Classics™.
A host of stars could challenge for the lead tomorrow. These include Zara Tindall (GBR) and High Kingdom, the pair that finished third behind Jung (on fischerRocana) at Kentucky (USA) in April, and American rider Lauren Kieffer on the lovely mare Veronica.
Result after dressage day one:
1: Michael Jung/La Biosthetique Sam FBW (GER) 38.9
2: Gemma Tattersall/Arctic Soul (GBR) 43.0
3: Mackenna Shea/Landioso (USA) 46.1
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